Wildcat Bettie B, one of the top sprinting fillies of last year, has been retired. She exited racing with a triumph in the Aug. 11 Xtra Heat Stakes at Delaware Park for Michael Pressley's Oasis Racing Stable.
"She came out of the race with some small issues and let us know she wouldn't be ready for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint," said trainer Larry Jones, referring to the Oct. 26 race at Monmouth Park. "But there's good news in that she went out a winner and over the half-million mark in earnings."
A 4-year-old daughter of Meadowlake, Wildcat Bettie B strung together an impressive three-race win streak last year, highlighted by a score in the six-furlong Prioress Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. I) in 1:09.18 at Belmont Park. She started the streak with a victory in the Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III) at Pimlico and took the Victory Ride Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga after the Prioress.
Wildcat Bettie B, who also won this year's Dashing Beauty Stakes at Delaware, retired with eight wins from 15 races and earnings of $504,818. She placed in three stakes, two of which were graded.
Bred in Kentucky by Barry and Judith Becker, Wildcat Bettie B is the first foal from multiple stakes winner One Number Short (by Katowice). Pressley bought her for $42,000 at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale from Havens Bloodstock Agency, agent.
Plans call for Wildcat Bettie B to be offered at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.